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Leaning On Others

Jun 16th, 2015 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

No matter how prepared we seniors think we are for change and loss, especially the death of friends and family, we’re still shocked when it happens. We experience a lot of loss as we age. It’s the nature of life.

However, the shock of loss seems to be related to the finality of death. When a loved one dies, life as we know it on this earth is done. Finished. No more conversations. No more walks. No more holidays together. It’s all over. The loved one is gone, and you are left to figure out how to live the rest of your life.



Respect for Elderly is a National Issue

Jun 14th, 2015 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Presidential candidates are coming out of the woodwork now in preparation for the upcoming year of determining who will be the next President of the United States. All of the campaigns will address issues facing senior citizens in one way or another. Social Security and Medicare are at the top of the list of those issues.

Other concerns include financial security, medical care, and the place of seniors in a culture. Related to the latter, a recent Facebook post by the Bernie Sanders for President Campaign caught our eye. It is a quote by Pope Francis, our international catholic church leader and a man who seems to have his hand on the pulse of morality around the world.



Transitions and New Beginnings

Jun 12th, 2015 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The Senior Citizen Journal dashboard says it’s been 18 months since the website has been kept current with new material added daily. Many of you followed Dr Jerry D Elrod’s Senior Moments regularly, and looked forward to his magical wordsmith-ing each and every day. Other, more research-based, articles were also added to SCJ on a daily basis… relating to lifestyle choices for seniors, finance, travel, Social Security, Medicare and all things important to senior citizens today. Dr Sharon Shaw Elrod, Jerry’s wife of 40 years, was responsible for most of those articles.

And now life has changed. Ready or not. Jerry died February 8, 2015, just four short months ago. He had been in serious decline for 18 months, and a gradual (sometimes imperceptible) decline for seven years. Health issues showed up with damnable regularity. Some were



Cancer Prevention Resources for Seniors

Mar 13th, 2015 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Senior Citizen Journal recently partnered with Public Health Corps to offer information about cancer prevention issues to our readers. Underlying this effort is the plan to provide reports on cancer research that our readers will find valuable and important in their lives.



SENIORS ACTIVE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Sep 24th, 2014 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Social media and the Internet are a conundrum for some seniors. However, increasingly, seniors are using the Internet for a variety of purposes… shopping, news, games for mental stimulation (and just plain fun!), and staying in touch with friends and the world in general. The latter is what social media is all about, and seniors are participating.

Forbes recently reported that senior citizens are living longer, are more active and are becoming more literate online. Senior activity centers and groups focusing on senior activity abound with classes to learn to use computers and the Internet. We have not only become Internet-literate, we are enjoying the variety of stimulation our computers offer. Including social media.



CAREGIVING FOR A MARRIAGE PARTNER

Sep 22nd, 2014 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The caregiving community is growing rapidly, and caregivers everywhere share their experience and heartaches and joys in an attempt to help make it better for others. The need for caregiving tips and information is as great as the need to share one’s experience with others. In the sharing, we frequently find validation for the emotional part of this journey.

Much has been said and written about caregiving for parents and family friends. The relationship that is sometimes left out is the marriage partner. Caregiving for one’s husband or wife has unusual considerations that are not present in other kinds of situations.



Remember in November 2014

Aug 3rd, 2014 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

We seniors have lived through a lot of elections in our lives. Some of us have been ‘life-long’ Republicans or Democrats. And some of us have voted on the ‘Independent’ ballot much of the time. All elections are important, and the November 2014 election is no different.

The November election is mid-term. We’re not electing a President in this election, and as a result, people (especially Democrats) tend to ignore the right to vote and just don’t go to the polls. Some towns and cities try to address that tendency, and choose a mail-only ballot. Fountain Hills, AZ, made that choice, and all



SENIORS: DANGERS IN IDOLATRY OF MONEY

Dec 30th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Senior citizens today have lived through enormous changes since our early childhood days. Those of us born during (or at the tail end of) World War II lived through the trauma of depression and loss. We also knew recovery and the joy of life improving. We played with our neighborhood friends without fear of ominous strangers preying on our group. We invented our own games. We had no gadgets to entertain us; it wasn’t until 1953 that my family bought a television set. The radio provided programs for us to listen to, after dinner and dishes. Table games were our favorite activity. Mother taught my sisters and me to play Canasta before we entered Kindergarten, so we could learn our ‘numbers’. Families were the center of our lives and family activity dominated our worlds.



SENIOR CITIZEN JOURNAL RECEIVES 2013 BEST OF FOUNTAIN HILLS AWARD

Dec 22nd, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: SCJ Announcements, Senior Moments Blog

FOUNTAIN HILLS December 3, 2013 — Senior Citizen Journal has been selected for the 2013 Best of Fountain Hills Award in the Print Media category by the Fountain Hills Award Program.

Each year, the Fountain Hills Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Fountain Hills area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013



THE QUANDARY OF CAREGIVING

Dec 11th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The Internet guides for caregivers are so numerous it is difficult to both count them and sort them into helpful categories. A simple query, such as ‘caregiving issues’, produces over a million responses. And many of the articles offer very good advice for caregivers seeking help managing the sometimes overwhelming demands on their time.

Suggestions for caregivers ring similar tones… ask for help; accept offers of help; take time off to spend with friends; meditate; relaxation routines… All the advice is helpful, and much of it is focused on what to do for yourself as a caregiver. Individual response will be based on individual need and what ‘works’ for each.